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"I think those are the races that I've dreamed of riding: the Ardennes Classics and Flanders. I'd like to try Roubaix as well at some point, but I think the hillier stuff will suit me a little bit more, like Flanders than just...

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29.10.2015 @ 06:30 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Latvian Toms Skujins (1991, Hincapie Racing) completes the Cannondale-Garmin 30-rider roster for 2016. He is the eleventh signing and has an agreement for two years.


Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick Step), Pierre Rolland (Europcar), Matti Breschel (Saxo-Tinkoff), Lawson Craddock (Team Giant-Alpecin), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), Phil Gaimon (Team Optum), Patrick Bevin (Avanti), Ryan Mullen (An Post), Wouter Wippert (Drapac) and Michael Woods (Optum) are the other additions.


Skujins has raced in the continental category since 2011, the first two years at La Pomme-Marseille, then at Rietumu in his home country and the past two seasons at Hincapie Racing in America.


In 2015, he won a stage of the Tour of California, finished second in the Tour de Beauce (2.2) behind Pello Bilbao, foruth at Course Cycliste de Solidarnosc et des Champions Olympiques (2.2), seventh at the Tour of Alberta and eighth at the USA Pro Challenge. Last year he won the Tour de Beauce and in 2013 he won the Peace Race, took bronze in the European Championships, was fifth in the U23 Worlds behind Mohoric, Meintjes, Enger and Ewan and ninth in the Tour de l'Avenir. And in 2011 he was second in the U23 Tour of Flanders which was won by Salvatore Puccio.


"Toms has had great results as U23 rider, holding the race leader's jersey in the Amgen Tour of California, winning the Tour de Beauce, and getting a top 10 in U23 Road World Championships, but what I admire most about him is that he has earned this opportunity the hard way, by working hard and getting great results on his way up," Vaughters said in a statement released by the team.


"I think those are the races that I've dreamed of riding: the Ardennes Classics and Flanders," Skujins told Cyclingnews. "I'd like to try Roubaix as well at some point, but I think the hillier stuff will suit me a little bit more, like Flanders than just the flat-out Roubaix cobbles.


"But also, definitely the week-long stage races like California, the Dauphine, Paris-Nice. I think those are less scripted and more aggressive, which suits my style of racing a lot more than Grand Tour racing, where it's just conserve, conserve, conserve."



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